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Pope marks first Christmas as crowds flock to Bethlehem
Pope marks first Christmas as crowds flock to Bethlehem

Pope Francis held his first Christmas Eve mass in the Vatican on Tuesday by highlighting the role played by humble shepherds in the Nativity, as thousands flocked to the historic site of Jesus's birth in Bethlehem.

Pope marks first Christmas as crowds flock to Bethlehem
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UN women's rights resolution passed despite backlash

A UN General Assembly committee has agreed a landmark first resolution on women's rights defenders such as Malala Yousafzai, despite a hard fought campaign by an alliance including the Vatican to weaken the measure.

UN women's rights resolution passed despite backlash
Pope says Church should rid itself of 'worldliness'
Pope says Church should rid itself of 'worldliness'

Pope Francis on Friday called for the Catholic Church and its faithful to rid themselves of earthly concerns like St Francis of Assisi during a pilgrimage to the saint's Italian hometown.

Pope says Church should rid itself of 'worldliness'
Obama says he admires pontiff's inclusive spirit
Obama says he admires pontiff's inclusive spirit

President Barack Obama had warm words Wednesday for what he sees as Pope Francis' inclusive attitude in recent remarks urging the Roman Catholic church not to focus only on abortion or gays.

Obama says he admires pontiff's inclusive spirit
Pope leads fasting and prayer day for Syria
Pope leads fasting and prayer day for Syria

The Catholic Church has called for a global day of fasting and prayer on Saturday for peace in Syria and against any armed intervention, with Pope Francis scheduled to host a mass vigil on St Peter's Square.

Pope leads fasting and prayer day for Syria
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Pope calls for mutual respect between Christians and Muslims

Pope Francis reached out to Muslims on Sunday to mark the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and called on them and Christians to promote mutual respect.

Pope calls for mutual respect between Christians and Muslims
Pope Francis: 'Who am I to judge' gays?
Pope Francis: 'Who am I to judge' gays?

Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, declaring that it is not his place to judge them -- while also condemning the Vatican's reported gay lobby as a "serious problem".

Pope Francis: 'Who am I to judge' gays?
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Vatican envoy apologises to Malaysia over 'Allah' row

The Vatican's first-ever envoy to Malaysia has apologised for supporting the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims after he was summoned by the foreign minister.

Vatican envoy apologises to Malaysia over 'Allah' row
Brazil unrest could flare anew during papal visit
Brazil unrest could flare anew during papal visit

Brazil's social turmoil over poor public services and endemic political corruption appears to have abated but could flare again during Pope Francis' visit later this month.

Brazil unrest could flare anew during papal visit
Vatican urges dialogue in crisis-hit Venezuela
Vatican urges dialogue in crisis-hit Venezuela

The Roman Catholic Church weighed in Sunday on Venezuela's political crisis, with Pope Francis expressing deep concern and calling for dialogue in the wake of a disputed presidential election.

Vatican urges dialogue in crisis-hit Venezuela
Pope completes installation with emotional Rome mass
Pope completes installation with emotional Rome mass

Pope Francis on Sunday completed his installation as pontiff at an emotional ceremony in which he formally took possession of Rome's St John Lateran basilica -- the official seat of the city's bishop.

Pope completes installation with emotional Rome mass
Pope urges determined action against sex abuse
Pope urges determined action against sex abuse

Pope Francis has given his first pronouncement on the Catholic Church's pervasive paedophile priest scandal, urging Vatican disciplinarians to act "with determination" against the scourge.

Pope urges determined action against sex abuse
Pope prays for peace in Syria, Korea on first Easter
Pope prays for peace in Syria, Korea on first Easter

Pope Francis prayed for a "political solution" in Syria and for "reconciliation" on the Korean peninsula in his first Easter Sunday message in front of a crowd in St Peter's Square.

Pope prays for peace in Syria, Korea on first Easter
Pope to celebrate first Easter vigil
Pope to celebrate first Easter vigil

Pope Francis is to celebrate his first Easter vigil on Saturday after praying for peace in the Middle East and stronger Christian-Muslim dialogue at a torch-lit ceremony for Good Friday.

Pope to celebrate first Easter vigil
Pope marks first Good Friday with torch-lit ceremony
Pope marks first Good Friday with torch-lit ceremony

Pope Francis marked his first Good Friday with a traditional torch-lit ceremony around the Colosseum in Rome and prayers for a Middle East "torn apart by injustice and conflicts".

Pope marks first Good Friday with torch-lit ceremony
Pope to stamp personal touch on Easter celebrations
Pope to stamp personal touch on Easter celebrations

Pope Francis will stamp his personal touch on Easter celebrations starting by washing the feet of young prisoners on Thursday as he stresses the importance of reaching out to those in need.

Pope to stamp personal touch on Easter celebrations
Pope sets out on mission to 'embrace the poorest'
Pope sets out on mission to 'embrace the poorest'

Pope Francis has donned the symbols of papal power, vowing to embrace the "poorest" at a grand inauguration in the Vatican as leader of a troubled Roman Catholic Church.

Pope sets out on mission to 'embrace the poorest'
Taiwan row a first diplomatic test for Pope Francis
Taiwan row a first diplomatic test for Pope Francis

China's angry reaction to Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou's attendance at the inauguration of Pope Francis on Tuesday is the first taste of a long-running dispute..

Taiwan row a first diplomatic test for Pope Francis
Sparks of humour in Pope Francis's first days
Sparks of humour in Pope Francis's first days

Starting with the historic moment when the first Latin American pontiff greeted the crowds in St Peter's Square after his election on Wednesday, Pope Francis has shown a lively sense of humour.

Sparks of humour in Pope Francis's first days
New Pope warns Church of dangers of inaction
New Pope warns Church of dangers of inaction

Pope Francis has warned that the troubled Catholic Church risks becoming little more than a charity with no spiritual foundations if it fails to undergo renewal.

New Pope warns Church of dangers of inaction